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A cross-national study on the impact of management teams on the rapid internationalization of small firms

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LOANE, S, BELL, J and MCNAUGHTON, R (2007) A cross-national study on the impact of management teams on the rapid internationalization of small firms. Journal of World Business, 42 (4). pp. 489-504. [Journal article]

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URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jwb.2007.06.009

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.jwb.2007.06.009


While the importance of top management teams in the formation and development of new ventures is well recognised, their impact on the rapid internationalization of such firms remains relatively under-researched. This article presents the findings of a cross-national study conducted in Australia, Canada, Ireland and New Zealand that demonstrate the significant impact that such teams have in creating the core internal capabilities and leveraging the external resources required for rapid and dedicated internationalization. The need to augment the management team in order to address key resource or knowledge gaps and/or to expand international networks is also evident among many firms, as is the impact of changes in team structures on business strategy and internationalization. Directions for future research and implications for public policy in support of rapidly internationalizing small firms are presented and discussed.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Small firm; Rapid internationalization; Management teams
Faculties and Schools:Ulster Business School
Ulster Business School > Department of International Business
Research Institutes and Groups:Business and Management Research Institute
ID Code:12312
Deposited By:Dr Sharon Loane
Deposited On:08 Mar 2010 15:27
Last Modified:08 Mar 2010 15:27

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